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Erie Times E-Edition Article-CDC offers guidelines for vaccinated people

Posted by M. C. on March 9, 2021

The agency’s guidance states those who have received a full course of COVID- 19 vaccine may get together with other fully vaccinated individuals in small groups inside their homes without masks or physical distancing. They can also visit with unvaccinated people from one (why not 2, 3, 7?) other household who are at low risk for severe disease.

Vaccinated individuals should still wear a mask and social distance in public settings and should avoid medium to large gatherings (you are safe but not safe). The agency has yet to release guidelines on travel (so no unfettered travel).

(Bold remarks) mine.

When the whole point of control is you can’t let things get out of hand.

Have you read the “vaccine as birth control analogy”? Not a confidence builder!

https://erietimes-pa-app.newsmemory.com/?publink=1d78312b4

Small gatherings OK without masks, distance

Adrianna Rodriguez

USA TODAY

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidelines designed to ease restrictions for Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The agency’s guidance states those who have received a full course of COVID- 19 vaccine may get together with other fully vaccinated individuals in small groups inside their homes without masks or physical distancing. They can also visit with unvaccinated people from one other household who are at low risk for severe disease.

The guidelines also say fully vaccinated people don’t need to quarantine or take a coronavirus test if they’ve been exposed, unless they’re symptomatic. However, they should still monitor for symptoms for 14 days even if they’re not in quarantine.

Vaccinated individuals should still wear a mask and social distance in public settings and should avoid medium to large gatherings. The agency has yet to release guidelines on travel.

“The new guidance from CDC on what people can do if they are fully vaccinated is welcome news to a nation that is understandably tired of the pandemic and longs to safely resume normal activities,” said Dr. Richard Besser, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Experts say the announcement may be the agency’s attempt to clear up constrictions fusion created by some states rolling back their coronavirus safety measures despite public warnings from public health officials.

Whether the guidelines will clear things up is still up for debate, said Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, professor of epidemiology and medicine at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

The difference in tone from last week’s White House briefing, when CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky urged Americans to keep their guard up on the virus and “not give in to a sense of false security,” may only serve to further confuse Americans.

“It’s almost two different pathways here,” El-Sadr said. “Imploring people to stay with it, continue to be guarded and careful, while at the same time realizing that people are fatigued (and easing) re- for this subset of (vaccinated) individuals.”

While she recognizes the need for national guidance, El-Sadr said it may be a bit premature to allow people to gather inside without masks, as there is still no data on asymptomatic transmission, and only about 16% of the U.S. population has received a dose of vaccine, according to CDC data.

Other experts disagree.

“People are tired, and there’s a lot of pandemic fatigue, and it’s really important that we don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” said Dr. Carlos del Rio, executive associate dean of Emory University School of Medicine, who authored a viewpoint published in JAMA Network on Thursday that said it’s “likely safe” to gather with other vaccinated individuals.

Vaccinated people should still wear a mask, practice social distancing in public settings, and avoid medium to large gatherings, the CDC says. SETH WENIG/AP

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